December 10, 2011 Subject:
While the popping
(actually I'd call it thumping) is not ideal, along with other aspects of this jangly soundboard, this is a terrific show. Garcia is playing like a god, and I like the new songs.
December 8, 2010 Subject:
March 21, 2009 Subject:
A GREAT 90's show
This, along with 3-29-90, ranks right up there for 90's shows. Although the band, and Jerry in particular might have been inconsistent in their last years (sure, Jerry's health wasn't great, so it's understandable), there are still shining performances. Highly recommended from this period.
November 6, 2008 Subject:
Guess who was right behind me?
First I want to say I'm revising this, because I want to apologize since I noticed that for some strange reason this is appearing twice, why I have no idea! And I just noticed that about the reviewer on the next show. I sure hope this doesn't come out a third time now; or perhaps hopefully, it will fix itself, in which case you won't know what the heck I'm talking about. But that's better than seeing it over again!
Wow how can I forget, I haven't heard this in quite a while, since my tapes are in storage. Not to brag, but guess who was right behind me during the first set on the lower mid-front left side facing the stage; none other than Ornette Coleman himself!
So when the set ended, I introduced myself, and said that I'd seen him before at the Palace in Hollywood, and heard the tape of him with Grateful Dead in Oakland. To which he seemed enthused that he was recognized in the dark, with a semi-general admission crowd. Naturally, I expressed that it would be great if he would play with them. He probably was planning on it anyway, even if I didn't talk to him!
Airto, was his usual greatness. I was fortunate enough, to have seen every, (besides for most of the Hamza El-Din and Olatunji appearances,(I held Babba's hand, (since he was blind), backstage on New Year's))), Airto appearance with Grateful Dead, except one, in addition to other times with other folks at jazz fests, on his own, and the first Planet Drum show at the Marin Vet. Center. As well as on the second Planet tour!
I remember Easy Answers to be amazing, or was that other run of shows they did here at the L.A. Sports Arena or both, (I love that tune, but even so)? I have to listen again, to those as well, with Branford Marsalis in '94. I'll write more later. You'll dig this I hope!